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Applications received and Proposals prepared from 1 October 2007 onwards

Section 152 of the Food Standards Australia New Zealand Act 1991 requires FSANZ to report on its processing of applications and proposals in the following manner:

(aa) The number of applications that were made under section 22 during 2019–2020:
23

(ab) The number of applications accepted under subsection 26(1) during 2019–2020:
17

(ac) The number of applications rejected under subsection 26(1) during 2019–2020 and the reasons for the rejections:
1 — A1200 Fruit and Vegetables labelling provisions was rejected as it did not meet the
mandatory information requirements in Part 3 of the FSANZ Application Handbook.

(ad) The number of applications withdrawn in 2019–2020 under subsection 24(1) during the current year:
4

(ae) The number of applications accepted under subsection 26(1) during 2019–2020 that FSANZ had not begun to assess under section 29 during 2019–2020:
4

(af) The number of applications accepted under subsection 26(1) during a previous financial year that FSANZ had not begun to assess under section 29 before the end of 2019–2020:
Nil

(a) The number of applications that were considered under Subdivision D of Division 1
of Part 3 during 2019–2020:

23

(b) The number of applications that were considered under Subdivision E of Division 1 of Part 3 during 2019–2020:
Nil

(c) The number of applications that were considered under Subdivision F of Division 1 of Part 3 during 2019–2020:
1

(d) The number of applications that were considered under Subdivision G of Division 1 of Part 3 during 2019–2020:
Nil

(e) For each of those Subdivisions, the number of applications considered under that
Subdivision that were disposed of during 2019–2020 and the manner of their disposal:

Subdivision D:
15 Approved
4 Withdrawn
1 Rejected

Subdivision E:
Nil Approved
Nil Withdrawn

Subdivision F:
Nil Approved
Nil Withdrawn

Subdivision G:
Nil Approved
Nil Withdrawn

(f) For each of those Subdivisions, the average time taken to dispose of applications during 2019–2020 (for Approval only):

Subdivision D:
9 months

Subdivision E:
N/A

Subdivision F:
N/A

Subdivision G:
N/A

(fa) The number of applications accepted under subsection 26(1) during a previous financial year that FSANZ had begun to assess under section 29 before the end of the current year, but that FSANZ had not disposed of before the end of 2019–2020:
3

(fb) For an application covered by paragraph (fa), the period that has elapsed since the application was accepted under subsection 26(1):
A1175 — 15 months, 16 days
A1178 — 13 months, 6 days
A1180 — 12 months, 26 days

(g) The number of applications made during 2019–2020 in relation to which a charge fixed under section 146 was payable:
16

(h) The number of applications made during 2019–2020 in relation to which no charge fixed under section 146 was payable:
6

(i) The average number of days that elapsed between the acceptance or rejection under section 26 of an application made during 2019–2020 in relation to which no charge fixed under section 146 was payable, and the commencement of the assessment of the application under section 29:
268 days

(j) Each occasion during 2019–2020 on which the consideration period under section 109 elapsed without FSANZ completing the procedure that FSANZ must, under Subdivision C of Division 1, adopt in considering the application:
A1155 — extension granted under subsection 109(4) until 9 July 2019. Application approved
by FSANZ Board 4 December 2019.

(k) Each occasion during 2019–2020 on which FSANZ extended the consideration period under subsection 109(4), and the reasons for that extension:
A1186 — Consideration period extended by 6 months due to complexity of the Application.

(ka) The number of applications declared under section 95 to be urgent applications during 2019–2020:
Nil

(l) The number of proposals prepared by FSANZ under section 55 during 2019–2020:
4

(la) The number of proposals prepared under section 55 during 2019–2020 that FSANZ had not begun to assess under section 59 during that year:
Nil

(lb) The number of proposals prepared under section 55 during a previous financial year that FSANZ had not begun to assess under section 59 before the end of 2019–2020:
Nil

(n) The number of proposals that were disposed of during 2019–2020 and the manner of their disposal:
3 Approved
0 Abandoned

(o) The average time taken to dispose of proposals under each of Subdivisions D, E, F, G and H of Division 2 of Part 3 during 2019–2020:
General
357 days

Minor
N/A

Major
N/A

High-level health claim variation
N/A

(p) The average number of days that have elapsed between the preparation of a proposal under section 55 to which Subdivision G of Division 1 of Part 3 does not apply and the commencement of the assessment of the proposal under section 59:
P1010 — 1 day
P1024 — 19 days
P1028 — 123 days
P1030 — 21 days
P1044 — 76 days
P1047 — 21 days
P1048 — 21 days
P1049 — 21 days
P1050 — 21 days
P1052 — 2 days
P1053 — 2 days
P1055 — 2 days
M1017 — 21 days

(pa) The number of proposals prepared under section 55 during a previous financial year that FSANZ had begun to assess under section 59 before the end of 2019–2020, but that FSANZ had not disposed of before the end of 2019–2020:
7

(pb) For a proposal covered by paragraph (pa), the period that has elapsed since the proposal was prepared under section 55:
P1010 — 12 months, 16 days
P1024 — 90 months, 14 days
P1028 — 79 months, 23 days
P1030 — 76 months, 12 days
P1044 — 40 months, 2 days
P1047 — 27 months, 2 days
P1049 — 22 months, 2 days

(pc) The number of proposals declared under section 95 to be urgent proposals during 2019–2020:
1

In relation to applications or proposals declared to be urgent under section 95, either in 2019–2020 or in previous financial years, the number which were disposed of under section 101 and the manner of their completion:
Nil

(pd) The number of occasions during the current year when the 12-month period referred to in subsection 101(1) ended with no decision having been made under that subsection and the reasons for no decision having been made:
Nil

(q) The number of applications made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal during 2019–2020 for review of decisions of FSANZ:
Nil

(r) The results of the applications made to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal that were
determined during 2019–2020:

Nil

(s) The number of standards made during 2019–2020:
Gazettal and registration on the Federal Register of Legislation of amendments to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code occurs throughout the year after the Forum notifies FSANZ that it does not need to review its decision on a Standard or a variation to a Standard; or if, after a review by FSANZ, the Forum accepts or amends the Standards or variation to a Standard. Each series of amendments is sequentially numbered.

FSANZ gazetted amendments to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code relating to 20 applications, and two proposals.

AMENDMENT NO. 186 (25 JULY 2019)

A1102 — L-carnitine in Food

To permit the sale of L-carnitine in a variety of food categories including dairy products (excluding butter and butter fat), confectionery, cereal and cereal products, food intended for particular nutritional uses, non-alcoholic beverages and gels.

A1168 — Glucoamylase from GM Aspergillus niger as a Processing Aid (Enzyme)

To permit the use of glucoamylase produced from a genetically modified strain of Aspergillus niger as a Processing Aid.

M1016 — Maximum Residue Limits (2018)

To permit varying certain maximum residue limits (MRLs) for residues of specified agricultural and veterinary chemicals that may occur in food commodities.

AMENDMENT NO. 187 (5 SEPTEMBER 2019)

A1159 — Triacylglycerol lipase from Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid (enzyme)

To permit the enzyme lipase, triacylglycerol from Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid for the production of bakery products and cereal-based beverages.

A1160 — Aspergillopepsin I from Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid (enzyme)

To permit the enzyme Aspergillopepsin I from Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid for the production of potable alcohol products and protein processing.

A1170 — Rebaudioside MD as a Steviol Glycoside from Saccharomyces cerevisiae

To permit a steviol glycoside mixture (Reb MD) for use as an intense sweetener, produced from a genetically modified Saccharomyces cerevisiae.

A1172 — Enzymatic production of Rebaudioside D

To permit a new specification for rebaudioside D produced by an enzymatic conversion method.

AMENDMENT NO. 188 (5 DECEMBER 2019)

A1161 — Potassium Polyaspartate as a food additive in wine

To permit the use of Potassium Polyaspartate as a food additive in wine at a maximum permitted limit of 100mg/L.

A1164 — Pullulanase from Bacillus licheniformis as a PA (Enzyme)

To permit the use of the enzyme Pullulanase from Bacillus licheniformis as a processing aid in brewing and starch processing.

A1166 — Reduction in minimum alcohol for tequila

To permit lowering the minimum alcohol percentage by volume specified in Standard 2.7.5 of the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code for spirits using the Tequila geographical indication (GI) from 37% to 35%.

A1173 — Minimum protein in follow-on formula

To permit a variation to the minimum proteinn requirement in follow-on formula

AMENDMENT NO. 189 (12 DECEMBER 2019)

P1054 — Pure and highly concentrated caffeine product

To prohibit the retail sale of pure and highly concentrated caffeine food products which pose an unacceptably high risk for Australian and New Zealand consumers.

AMENDMENT NO. 190 (17 JANUARY 2020)

A1163 — Food Irradiation definition of herbs and spices

To vary Food Standard 1.5.3 Irradiation of Food to remove the reference to Schedule 22 in relation to the definition of Herbs and Spices

A1169 — Alpha-glucosidase from Trichoderma reesei as a PA (enzyme)

To permit the use of Alpha-glucosidase enzyme from A Recombinant Strain of Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid.

AMENDMENT NO. 191 (26 FEBRUARY 2020)

A1171 — Endo-inulinase from GM Aspergillus oryzae as a Processing aid (Enzyme)

To permit the use of Endo-Inulinase produced from a GM modified strain of Aspergillus oryzae as a Processing aid.

A1176 — Enzymatic production of Steviol Glycosides

To permit a new specification for steviol glycosides produced by an enzymatic conversion method using enzymes derived from genetically modified strains of Escherichia coli (E. coli).

A1181 — Maximum residue limit for Imazapyr in barley

To permit the increase of the maximum residue limit for imazapyr in barley grain from 0.05ppm to 0.7ppm.

AMENDMENT NO. 192 (14 MAY 2020)

A1159 — Triacylglycerol lipase from Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid (Enzyme)

To permit the enzyme lipase, triacylglycerol from Trichoderma reesei as a processing aid for the production of bakery products and cereal-based beverages.

A1174 — Xylanase from Trichoderma reesei as a PA (Enzyme)

To permit the use of Xylanase from GM Trichoderma reesei as a Processing Aid.

A1182 — Glucose Oxidase from a GM Trichoderma reesei as a Processing Aid (Enzyme)

To approve a Glucose Oxidase enzyme preparation from Trichoderma reesei for use as a processing aid in cereal based products (baking) and egg processing.

(t) The number of draft standards and draft variations approved during 2019–2020 under each of the following:

Section 33 and 63:
20

Section 41 and 69:
Nil

Section 52 and 78:
Nil

Section 97:
1

(ta) The number of variations given to the Authority under subsection 82(6) during
2019–2020:

The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority gazetted and registered on the Federal Register of Legislation 8 amendments to Schedule 20:
Gazette No. 14, 16 July 2019
Gazette No. 16, 13 August 2019
Gazette No. 18, 10 September 2019
Gazette No. 24, 3 December 2019
Gazette No. 1, 14 January 2020
Gazette No. 5, 10 March 2020
Gazette No. 7, 7 April 2020
Gazette No. 11, 2 June 2020

(u) The number of occasions during 2019–2020 when requests were made by the Council under Division 3 of Part 3 for a review of a draft standard or draft variation:
2

(v) The number of occasions during 2019–2020 when a draft standard or draft variation was rejected by the Council under Division 3 of Part 3:
Nil

(w) The number of occasions during 2019–2020 when requests were made by the Council under Division 4 of Part 3 for a review of a standard or variation:
Nil

(x) The number of occasions during 2019–2020 when a standard or variation was revoked or amended by the Council under Division 4 of Part 3:
Nil

(y) A summary of policy guidelines notified to FSANZ during 2019–2020:
No guidelines were notified.

(z) Such other matters (if any) as are specified in the Regulations:
Nil